McAfee Plus'ing Your Google Search Results

Jul 8, 2011 • 8:35 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

McAfee Google +1'dThere are widespread reports that the McAfee browser security software is automatically +1'ing search results within Google.

A Google Web Search Help thread has several reports with these complaints. The first complaint read:

I managed to disable +1 buttons using AdBlock Plus, and the +1 buttons no longer show up in my searches. However, underneath every link it still says "You +1'd this publicly. Undo." Clicking the Undo link does nothing, perhaps because I never +1'd anything.

Google believes it is McAfee's fault based on one user saying when he turned off McAfee it went away. The user said:

When I change the setting on MacAfee to "do not show ratings" and refresh the search page, the "You +1'd this publicly. Undo" notices disappear.

So it's MacAfee related at least for me.

So give that a try and someone should notify McAfee of the issue so they can fix it at the software level. Or maybe Google should fix something?

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Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

Update: McAfee sent us a statement:

McAfee technology does not +1 any results. What you're seeing is an issue with Adblock.

As you know, if you login to your gmail account, then you see the +1. If you log out, you will not see +1. When you use SiteAdvisor and Adblock, Adblock suppresses the +1 image but not the other +1 content. Remove SiteAdvisor, and Adblock removes it all. Adblock doesn’t expect SiteAdvisor’s icon to be present.

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Nina Axe

07/08/2011 01:51 pm

well now seo experts might start running mccafee in their systems .... 


07/09/2011 02:37 am

Running Firefox with McAfee but without Adblock and getting search results +1'd automatically.   So much for McAfee's "statement..."


07/10/2011 03:13 am

This +1 stuff stinks! Just want to get rid of it.

Catherine Murphy

07/10/2011 11:16 pm

I don't run Adblock but have this problem running Firefox with McAfee.  I can avoid it by 1) signing out of my Google account or 2) using Bing rather than Google for searches.  


07/11/2011 05:35 am this is all from google's:  "google +1 program" biggest foot in mouth since weiner tweeted his namesake.

Marley Mutt

07/11/2011 10:46 am

Quote from McAfee Statement "What you're seeing is an issue with Adblock" What about those of us who do not use AdBlock, but still have the issue with McAfee's SiteAdvisor?

Defamationstation Com

07/11/2011 03:29 pm

Extraordinary; how could one be experiencing an issue with AdBlock if AdBlock IS NOT BEING USED?


01/23/2012 12:32 am

Have neither McAfee nor Adblock on my PC and still get You +1'd this publicly!

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